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This subreddit is devoted to the lovable idiots who do hilarious, idiot things in their idiot cars (or trucks, motorcycles, tractors, or other vehicle).
A vehicle (from Latin: vehiculum) is a machine that transports people or cargo.
Did the parking brake just fail or was it maybe not fully set? On that grade with that load behind the vehicle, if the guy didn't engage the brake at all, I don't see how he could have exited the vehicle and climbed up into the boat to prepare for launch before the vehicle started rolling.
This article has an interview with the guy that filmed the video. He says that the guy left his prop on while pulling his boat out. He heard the prop hitting the pavement, so he put the car in neutral, pulled the e-brake, and hopped in the boat to turn off the engine. So he must not have set the brake well enough.
This guy is a walking fucking disaster.
Not only did he not pull the e-brake properly, not only did he throw himself under his own car tire, not only did he throw himself off the safest object he could have been in that whole scenario.... he also put his boat on the trailer and left its motor running.
Are the black pieces on the pavement pieces of the motor that broke off?
If you want to be entertained just sit at a boat launch for an hour. This type of behavior isn’t even surprising, some people are DUMB
For sure! Every year on opening day of fishing, there are a group of some older guys that set up lawn chairs and watch the launch at the busiest lake in the area. This is exactly why they do it 😂
Sounds like I need to bring the beer for next year, that sounds hilarious.
It's hilarious/ridiculous. The number of people who show up to the lake on a busy weekend like the 4th of July with their $100k wakeboard boat and $100k suburban who have no idea how to back up a trailer or pull their boat onto the trailer is insane. Not sure why you wouldn't practice both of those things before going out on a busy weekend, it's lunacy.
Because the slick salesmen that peddle wakeboard boats and suburbans somehow neglect to mention that the vehicles don't take themselves on adventures. A person with some amount of skill has to run the show
That's what I don't understand, to get my motorcycle license I had to take a written and skills test. To haul a trailer and operate a boat, being 16 with a license was good enough. I grew up going to the lake a lot so I was fairly experienced by then, but it always blew my mind that there aren't separate tests for trailers and boats (at least in California - although, I believe CA is going to require an endorsement for boats).
When my dad bought his boat we rented a trailer from home depot and just practiced backing up and driving in general. Cost 75 bucks and was well worth it.
This and watching couples fight over how to back up a trailer. If you want to see what divorce looks and sounds like, hang out at a boat launch.
They need to take score cards with them.
I’ve done this several times. Labor Day and Memorial Day weekends are the best entertainment. We call them weekenders because these are the only times in the year that they use the boat. Good times
Doesn't help that 9/10 everyone on a boat is drunk as fuck.
I'm not drunk! These are my sea legs!
Launching a boat is a set of critical tasks that falls into the territory between "there's enough steps that this really needs a checklist" and "I do this often enough that I won't forget anything really important".
And yet he got every basic step wrong. It really isn’t that complicated either, even though there are multiple steps, most are incredibly obvious and basic—like putting your car in park before you get out of it, or not leaving your boat running when you get out of it, or not jumping in front a moving vehicle.
My brother always makes me drive his truck to pull the trailer out of the water when we put our (his) little Jon boat in and makes me back the trailer up to take the boat out. I'm getting better at it but I nearly have a panic attack every time the rear wheels get to the water on that incline.
I don't want to be the one trying to get the boat all secured properly either so I supposed, if we're going to be on the water, it's better that there are two of us so there is none of this kind of nonsense.
Too often it’s the people who can afford a boat who have no business owning a boat
Yeah, but oddly enough - in this case the boat received the least amount of damage. So maybe this guy should stay away from cars instead.
He wouldn’t have damaged his car if he didn’t own a boat taps temple
The best 2 days of a boat owners life: The day they buy it, and the day they sell it.
I’ve seen basically this exact same gif happen in real life at least 5-6 times. Though the guy jumping off and ending up getting run over does put this one as a bit funnier than the rest. But seriously, if you’re around boat ramps very often then you’ll likely see multiple people total their cars doing this
Boat mechanic here. I've seen a lot of fuck ups. Tens of thousands of dollars down the drain because of simple mistakes.
In this case - it isn't an obvious solution unless you have a lot of boating/launching experience - it would have been better to quickly crank the boat on and throw the throttle forward when it hits the water. The sterndrive was already down, and that boat would have enough kick to keep it from rolling back any more. Then he could throw a cushion or buoy or whatever he's got over the side of the boat and under the tire, turn it off, and he's good to get to the car. Put it in park, remove the makeshift wheel chock, lift the sterndrive, and then pull it out.
You’re asking waaaaay to much out of this poor individual
I would have never thought of that solution but that would be a total pro move. I’m around boats fairly regularly and I dont think I would have done something like that lol. I just make sure to always have 2 people, one in the car and one in the boat, though I get that is a luxury that not everyone has
This is why I only rent boats. No fucking way in hell do I trust myself to back up a trailer on a slippery ramp with other people around watching and judging and me being dumb at things like this.
Please don't, or if you do, do it discretely. I was driving a boat for work for like the 3rd time ever and was trying to load it back up on the trailer. The current in the river and high winds made it difficult to get it on the trailer instead of banging the guide posts on the sides of the trailer repeatedly. As I was trying my best, some tourist came up all the way to the bank and observed me with his hands on his hips. If you watch me struggle discretely, it would put less pressure on me and make it easier to get the job done.
I'm a pretty experienced boater (my wife and I). It doesn't often go smoothly at the landing even if you're good. Just so many factors. You gotta have ramming speed to make it look good because boats don't turn when they idle. And going fast at a ramp is a recipe for a disaster.
yeah this shit just sounds like being a dick. not everyone is a storied fishing pro. I had someone struggling with their boat at my local lake and we went and helped them. now we have fishing buds who are actually really nice.
This is why I don’t have a boat. That and money.
This is honestly one of the main reasons I dont buy a boat. I know i will eventually fuck up on the launch and end up here
Yes, there are a lot of dumb people, but driving a boat can be hard. Docking and launching are no easy feat. I mean, I was 12 when I got my boating license, and haven't been on the water since I was about 15, but I remember it being hard when I was 12.
Holy shit, I think you're right about the propeller pieces. That's crazy.
How is that guy still alive? Not in the context of this video, just in the sense of day to day living. He doesn't seem capable.
My dad had to buy a new propeller for his catalina 34 mkii and complained about the price all summer long.
he also put his boat on the trailer and left its motor running.
The person you're responding to seems to have misquoted the article. It only says the prop made contact with the ground, not that the motor was running. He probably forgot to tilt it up.
I get the dumb parts of it but why is he being clowned for trying to stop it? He is very clearly trying to get to the open door to slam on the brake and he just fell. Sure it wasn’t smart to go over the front of the boat right beside his car but still, he’s probably thinking about the $30k+ car that is about to sink and he just slipped cause, ya know, water is wet. all logic goes out the window there.
Because of what you saw happen. He almost died to save his vehicles.
I bet even if Jackie Chan tried it we would see it on a blooper reel at the end of his movie. Wet and slippery pavement, moving vehicles, flippity floppers. It's a recipe for disaster.
Also, why fucking neutral. Why not put that bitch in park, jam on the e brake, and then go deal with your stupidity.
E: for the guys saying "manual doesn't have a park" technically it doesn't have a neutral either? It's just out of gear. Is that considered neutral? When I hear neutral I think of automatic.
We do refer to it as neutral, and when parking on a slope it's best to leave the car in gear (first if facing up hill, reverse if facing down hill).
Well, 2 of the black things on the pavement are his flip flops. Rip.
It is surprisingly entertaining to just hang out at a launch ramp for 1-2 hours a day. We used to do this for lunch - anchor a few hundred feet from shore, start making sandwiches and then just watch how people launch their boats.
He didn't leave the engine running, but he did forget to lift the stern drive.
That sound in the beginning must be blades hitting the concrete! I was wondering wtf it was.
Is there a reason you would leave the car in neutral? Is that just an old habit from driving manual?
Idk about other manual drivers, but I always leave the car in gear when stepping out of it.
Absolutely, no reason to take any chances.
Lazy. No other reason, I drove a manual transmission for decades, switched to automatic and never leave my car in neutral.
This guy is a disaster.
Not to mention, leaving a manual out of gear in “neutral” is way different than selecting neutral on an automatic. Why not just go all the way to park!?!?
I drove a manual transmission for decades, switched to automatic and never leave my car in neutral.
And especially when driving a manual, if you stop on an incline it's best practice to use the handbrake as well as putting the vehicle into first or reverse.
If this is the Outlander PHEV (I can’t find a good shot of the hatchback to tell if it is), it’s got one of the new gear shifts designed by fucking morons, rather than the standard PRNDL shifters.
These new automatic gear shifts are really awful, so if that’s what it is, I can easily see how he meant to put it in park but left it in neutral.
Good god that's horrible. Remember when recently that Star Trek actor died when his car backed up and pinned him against the wall when he was getting his mail. This looks like that horrendous thing.
I know BMWs (with electronic shifters) automatically go into park if the door is open and your foot is off the brake. A few years ago Chrysler was dealing with an issue in Jeeps where people didn’t put them in park and they rolled away so the solution was to redesign the gear shifter.
From diving manuals it’s become habit for me to always use the handbrake and I haven’t yet forgotten to press the “P” button before I get out. But it seems to be not an uncommon issue with electronic shifters. And that Outlander shifter looks extra confusing
Why put your car/SUV on Neutral in an incline while "parked"?
That's like placing a box of firecrackers right by a flaming campfire. "Naaa, it'll be fine. Don't worry about it."
My best guess is he was worried about too much stress on the transmission in park while on an incline with the boat on the back. Probably figured the ebrake would do the trick, although the combination of park and the ebrake would obviously save the trans from stress...
Yeah. Put your foot on the brake pedal, put the car in park, engage the e-brake, then release your foot from the brake. I think the guy must have been a new boat owner and was nervous and scatter-brained.
boat still floats!
We're boat people now, Dee.
All for the implication.
Dont look at me like that. You certainly wouldn't be any danger
We all float down here.
A little bit of rice and the car should be fine.
Fun fact no one asked for: rice doesn't do shit, and actually dries electronics slower than just leaving them out in some sun
People use rice because it is a mild desiccant and readily available. There's an argument to be had that unrestricted airflow in a warm environment (car left in sunlight) is more effective at drying stuff vs rice because rice really is a bad desiccant. Silica gel packets are way more effective than both, inexpensive, and normally available at your local hardware store.
It comes from the old idea of packing camera equipment in rice in a pinch.
If you were filming in a painfully humid area, like a rainforest, your equipment is dangerously exposed to humidity and mold. You'd use a desiccant, like silica gel, to keep them safe and protected. In a pinch dried rice could also be used to keep moisture out.
This was somehow translated to rice magically absorbing water out of things, probably because it "just feels right"
"Rocky Point boat launch is currently closed due to this fucking idiot."
Holy crap. Surely that guy made a terrible mistake, but I feel sorry for the poor son of a bitch
Boat seems fine,the car,not so much.
Love when their brain short circuited and they decided the best course of action was to launch themself beneath the vehicle.
Speed bump to stop the car
It'll be fine, it's an amphibious exploring vehicle.
EDIT: Thanks for the Silver!
A chariot fit for a Golden god
It is not a starter car, it is a finisher car! A transporter of gods, the GOLDEN GOD
This is not a starter car, this is a finisher car!
Chock the wheels...with my legs!
The thought of being dragged to death into the lake seemed better than returning to the missus with this news.
You know how you keep telling me to get the car washed?
Looks to me like he decided to jump over the frontal side of the boat to take the shortest route to the car. It just didn't work because the boat was moving backwards and he probably missed the edge of the boat and ended up just falling off instead.
Right, but they clearly had no chance at stopping the car. The best and safest course of action was to ride the boat into the water.
Not that I'm confident I would have completed that analysis or made the right choice were I in their situation.
Not that I'm confident I would have completed that analysis or made the right choice were I in their situation.
I was once in a train crash.
I accidentally drove a locomotive, at full acceleration and somewhere around 15kmh sideways into a set of train cars. I was located on the ladder steps of the locomotive, and was a few seconds and a foot away from being cut in half.
You are entirely correct in thinking that there is no rational analysis of what is going on, what to do about it, and how to go about that solution.
My first thought when being confronted with a collision of several tons of steel - being that I'm made out of meat - was 'oh, no, now I have to sit in meetings and explain all this' and 'I know exactly how this happened' and 'oh, wow, that container sure is closer than norma..ohno...'
Only a bit into this stream of consciousness did my body move out of the way. Very calmly, and slowly, and at one point taking a shortcut through a gap in the collision.
It was more embarrassing than terrifying, actually. I was only hit by the emotional impact several hours later. Then I had a burger and a beer, to celebrate being alive.
What happened as a result?
I had to sit in meetings and explain myself.
Like any industry each accident differs in a variety of facets. The technical aspects, the mental state at the time, what rules I may or may not have broken(and if I did so knowingly), my mental state after the incident and during the investigation and my accuracy in detailing the events, repeatedly. Among other things.
In this case I did almost everything technically correctly in terms of rules, attitude and procedure. My mistake was being quite rushed. I was running, and looked away at the wrong moment. Had I been a little more cautious and accelerated slower I would have noticed the turning movement, or possibly paid attention to the switch that I had toggled mere seconds before.
In short, I forgot about the switch entirely and acted as if it was laid straight, not left. It was placed immediately in front of my machine. Inches in front of it. I looked waaay further ahead on the track, thinking that I had that track to myself so to speak. Despite laying the switch twenty seconds earlier, in preparation for a planned future movement. (the move leading to the accident was unplanned. I was being helpful.)
In the end I was let off the hook immediately and reinstated in service a few days later. No follow up, no punitive action, nothing.
Others have been fired for what I could describe as lesser events, due to small differences in the incident factors.
So they fired you then rehired you? Is that like wiping the slate clean?
No, but after an accident we're 'taken out of service' and not allowed to do much of anything besides fill fruit baskets and copy paperwork.
Sometimes we go back straight away, sometimes it takes a while. This was pretty fast.
Yeah I'm also curious what the meaning behind that was. I can't tell if they just decided they needed him or if it was some kind of management loophole.
I gotchu dawg
I should affix this to my official summary of the event.
Instead of running backwards and away from the oncoming container, I walked forward and in between what might have been a much tighter collision between a container and the front of the machine. Luckily there was room, but this was during the smashy crushy moment and I remember thinking 'this was a stupid move'... literally just a splitsecond moment.
There was plenty of room the other way, but noo...
And this. I was standing on the yellow steps. The bit that's broken.
Hi Genida. I'm a railroad scientist. To avoid this kind of incident, I'd advise not driving the one locomotive into the other one, as only one can exist at a single location in the same space-time continuum. So, where should I send the bill for my consultancy fee?
The electron repulsion between physical objects caused deformation in the metal due to excess momentum.
Oh my, mother of God, now I get it. Luck you!
Pictures really pull it together. Thanks bud
Maybe at first they thought that the handbrake was just slightly letting go and he'd save the situation easy. Then when he had started to go for the car the speed suddenly increased.
Right, but they clearly had no chance at stopping the car.
If he'd stuck the landing he would've had a change to jump through the door headfirst and rip the handbrake up. I reckon the back wheels would've still touched the water but that won't total the car.
First thing I was taught when I started working in an industrial environment: when something heavy starts to go, just let it go. You're not going to stop it and no matter how much it costs, it's not worth your life.
Ahhh!!! We're headed for the water!!! I'd better get out of this BOAT.
Ban everyone who sent you mail
We can’t view the name of people that report, sadly. But I never get these in my PMs, it’s only in reports where they can hide behind anynomity
I love you mod, be strong out there, a lotta fools out there, especially in cars.
Eep, is that his prop grinding agains the concrete? Everything about this is just bad. Lucky you didn't get run over by your own SUV ya muppet.
Jake you have to go over there and help him. Stop, that's not even funny.
But who was laughing 🤔
Maybe a little bit funny
"The Gang Misses the Boat"
he's lucky to be alive
Easily could have fallen more to the right and got run over/dragged under the water.
“That’s not even funny” literally any way this situation played out would be hilarious
It's a little bit funny..
“Stop, that’s not even funny.”
Yea, it kinda is.
Pretty sure the parking break failed otherwise he would have been rolling well before he climbed in the boat. He def should have had the thing in gear though....
Why did he stop where he did in the first place? Lucky he didn't get run over. Also, what an idiot.
You were downvoted but this is the correct question.
You don’t prep your boat at the literal landing. You do it up above prior to launching. Also so you don’t hold up the line for non-assholes who know what they’re doing.
Dude was an idiot at several points for this incident to happen.
If you browse around the thread there is an answer apparently from an article that interviewed the cam op and the guy pulls the boat up the ramp with the prop on and down it it started hitting the pavement so the guy puts it in neutral + hand brake and attempts to raise the engine I guess... what an idiot. Now I can't find it
Apparently, the rattle you can hear is the propeller, or what's left of it, still running. This guy was doomed from the start.
Good thing he put on the life vest.
I live nearby and this was literally just on the radio when I was driving home. The car was under water for about 2 hours. When they pulled it out, they heard a loud bang/crackle noise and realized the battery was shorting out and catching on fire. Not only did this guy drown his car, but because it was a hybrid with huge battery, the salt water then caused it to explode. That car is DONE! On the bright side, I guess his boat looks ok?
Don't you just love when shit is going down... and then they jump under the vehicle and get hit AND AGAIN by their own car.
And I thought I was having a rough day...
Living in a beach town this sadly isnt even shocking to me. After memorial day weekend this happens daily.
Now he has a boat and a submarine
No sweetheart. That’s very funny
Dudes way of stopping the car was to get himself run over